Julius Malema continues to be An Inconvenient Youth, as Fiona Forde’s apt title for her latest book on the ANCYL president suggests. He is back in the news; this time because of his statement that he will “establish a command team” to help opposition parties in Botswana topple the ruling party.
This statement has not only been criticised by the ANC leadership, but Botswanan opposition parties have also lambasted Malema. Writing in The Botswana Gazette, Botswana National Front campaign manager Eitlhopha Mokeresete says that Malema’s words were “insensitive and untimely”. The Botswanan opposition parties have made their own inroads “maintaining cohesion and galvanised support”, and far from helping them, Malema’s statements could undermine the progress they’ve made so far:
Malema’s statement that Botswana is a “puppet of the imperialist United States” and that they “will establish a command team” to help opposition parties topple the ruling BDP has been received with mixed feelings.
What is clear cut is, it has sent shivers down the spines of many Batswana. While others receive it with pomp and excitement, a greater majority I guess are apprehensive, not because of the possible results of the implementation of that execution, but rather the implications of the said statements may have on the two ruling parties and by extension their governments.
Meanwhile, the Daily Maverick reports that the ANC is going ahead with formulating charges against Malema, following his statements on Botswana:
Senior ANC sources have told Daily Maverick that the party is going ahead with formulating charges against ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema and some of his fellow leaders, including the league’s foul-mouthed spokesman Floyd Shivambu.
Details of what these charges entail have not yet been revealed, and the charge sheets have apparently not been delivered to the league yet.
- An Inconvenient Youth: Julius Malema and the ‘New’ ANC by Fiona Forde
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